Good show for Brits at Int'l Emmys


British broadcasters, led by the BBC, racked up a half-dozen of the key programming awards at the 35th annual International Emmy awards Monday night in New York.

"The Street," a Granada Television production for BBC1, won for best drama series.

"Street" star Jim Broadbent shared best actor honors with Pierre Bokma, who was cited for his role in VPRO Television/IdtV Film BV's "The Chosen One" (the Netherlands).

"Death of a President" (Borough Films for More4, U.K.), about the fictional assassination of the U.S. president, won for best TV movie/miniseries. It debuted as a film at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and ran as a miniseries in the U.K.

Muriel Robin took home a solo trophy as best actress for playing the black widow title role on Ramona/FTBF/To Do Today Prods. production of "Marie Besnard: The Poisoner," a French production.

The academy's attempts to broaden the international list of winners worked in the category of children and young people, where Poland's TVP SA won for the live-action fairy tale "The Magic Tree."

In addition to the programming nods, Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore received the I-Emmy Founders Award for his work against global warming and for launching the news channel Current TV. Robert De Niro presented the award to Gore at a star-studded ceremony at the New York Hilton.

Gore made a plea on behalf of the planet to the international broadcasters assembled, saying that they could play a big role in averting what he called "a true planetary emergency."

"The climate crisis is the most serious challenge we as a civilization has ever confronted," he said.

Also honored was Patrick Le Lay, chairman of TF1 Group, for his work in building TF1 into a multimedia organization. National Broadcasting of Thailand was awarded the International Children's Day of Broadcasting award.

Other winners include:

Comedy: "Little Britain Abroad," BBC Comedy/Little Britain Prods., U.K. Documentary: "Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive," IWC Media/BBC Scotland.

Nonscripted entertainment: "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?" BBC Entertainment, U.K.

Arts programming: "Simon Schama's Power of Art: Bernini," BBC/WNET Thirteen, U.K.